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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom News
June 2014
Students learn about sheep at the state fairgrounds
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Minnesota Ag in the Classroom (MAITC) Summer Teacher Tour

MAITC is excited to offer a summer tour that allows educators to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture.  Tour sites include: LeSueur Cheese Company, Forest-Lawn dairy  farm with robotic milking machines, DuPont Pioneer Crop Research Center, J & B Distributing, and Sovereign Estates Vineyard and Winery.  Resources, hands-on activities, and interactive ideas for integrating agriculture to achieve academic standards at all levels will be discussed and shared. 
In This Issue
Rachel Olmanson poses with a chick Teacher Feature
Ms. Rachel Olmanson
K-8 Art Teacher at St. Michael Catholic School in Prior Lake, MN

How has agriculture and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program impacted your students and instruction?

During the 2012-13 school year, our school received a grant from MAITC. With that grant, we were able to purchase six incubators that are used for hatching chicken eggs. These incubators were placed in the art room, the MS science room, and in the first and second grade classrooms. Instead of just reading or watching videos about Life Cycles, students were able to witness first hand how a chick hatches from an egg!


Garden Grant Winners!

School gardens have become a very popular and powerful tool for Minnesota teachers and students. To support the development of school gardens, MAITC created a Minnesota School Garden Guide and also awarded 25 grants of $400 each to Minnesota schools for garden projects. These grants are provided by federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Fantastic Resources
Using corn, soybeans, and other plant matter, the agricultural industry is able to produce home-grown, renewable energy for your car, truck, tractor or bus. This DVD illustrates the STEM involved in renewable fuel production.  
Extra Cheese Please book
Celebrate June as National Dairy Month with Extra Cheese, Please!
June is also National Turkey Lovers Month so get more details about Minnesota's ranking as the top state in turkey production, as well as a wealth of additional information, at the 2012 Ag Census ImageNational Agricultural Statistics Service's 2012 Census website.